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    Here is my Ertl Pontiac Bonneville police car collection. I really enjoy these models because there are so many variations👍 Different colors, different wheel spokes, and different police shields on the side doors👍 The most difficult one to find for me, was the blue “ Six Pack” police car. I know it came in a set, but I purchased it separately😊 Six Pack was a comedy drama film from 1982 and it starred Kenny Rogers. I never saw the movie but that’s where the blue police car was from😁

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    Last edited by jt3; 06-07-2020, 12:04 AM.

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    Fun! I don't think I've ever seen the Six Pack version in person. That's even though I have the Brewster Baker T-bird stocker from the movie. It's also fairly rare, and the only small scale die cast version of that short Thunderbird generation. The movie was not a big success, so the die cast probably had a pretty short run on the pegs as well. There was a 3-pack with a Camaro racecar in it as well. It's possible the Bonneville was only available in the 3-pack. The Ford and Chevy were available as singles in blister packs, but perhaps not the Pontiac.

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    • #3
      One of the unique things with ERTL models is there always seem to be some minor (and sometimes) major casting variations on the models as they were made in various countries. With the Pontiac there are USA and Hong Kong versions. As for the Six Pack car, I found all three as part of a set - never was aware that the Chevy and Ford were sold separate. I did see the movie...it was not one of Kenny Rogers better offerings.

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          I picked this up a few months back, I know nothing of the backstory. Does anyone know what this teddy bear fire chief version is about?
          The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

          Thank you for your understanding.

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          • #6
            Six Pack was not a horrible movie. The story line I thought was pretty clever. It is available to watch on YouTube if you are curious about seeing it.

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            • #7
              If you are really into variations for your collection the ERTL Bonneville is a good one to go for - different countries of manufacture using slightly different molds so variations to the grille among others. I found the movie Six pack entertaining - better than a lot of the stuff that is out there these days.

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              • #8
                You are right there John, What we considered B-Movies in the 60s,70s,80s are great compared to the straight to DVD/Blu-Ray rubbish we get now.

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                • #9
                  Silly me....I thought the bronze one was the only one. Had no idea there were so many variations on this Pontiac. Amazing what does NOT make it to every store in the land. I have one bronze version...don't think I've seen any other before this topic.

                  Oh, the orange one reminds me of the "traffic division" orange patrol car in the Fairbanks, AK police department back in the 80s. Have tried to find photos of it online but alas, there seem to be none. And I never thought to take a picture when I was living there for 24 years...

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                    Originally posted by jt3 View Post
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                    I picked this up a few months back, I know nothing of the backstory. Does anyone know what this teddy bear fire chief version is about?
                    Great Bonneville Police cruisers here, but this one is the first one, which I see with this sticker !
                    Congratulation for this interesting variantion.

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